March 25, 2017

Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 3/25/2017

We were able to get a couple more of the deals on Dial soap...we're really stocking up!


My sister found another good stuffed animal at a local thrift store.

My mom sewed 14 of these tote bags for her 2 to 4 year old girl boxes.  Some were drawstring and some had handles.  She packed her boxes as she sewed the bags so there is not a picture of them all.

My mom sewed four of these reversible pencil cases.



Also, this morning I got a Snapchat from aunt (who packs with us) of  a bag full of adorable stuffed animals!!

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $2.81

Spent from gift cards earned or won online: $0 


Added to stockpile:
  • 2 dozen bars of soap
  • 1 stuffed animal + my aunt's stash
  • 14 tote bags
  • 4 pencil cases
Happy Packing!

March 24, 2017

Friday Filler Fun ~ Babies, Hats and Blankets 3/24/2017

This is our first week to work on fillers for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.  Elizabeth has been crocheting and I (Cheryl) have been sewing.  Check out our gifts below.

Baby Bundles--Baby doll with flannel blanket, crocheted hat and a girl size hat to match.

Baby Bundle number one is my favorite.  I love the sweet face on this doll and her mini Aunt Ida hat looks so cute on her.  I made a flannel blanket with a satin border in a Pooh and friends design for her and Elizabeth crocheted an Aunt Ida hat in miniature to match the doll's outfit. Then she made a matching hat for the girl who will receive the gift.

This second one is Elizabeth's favorite. She already has a hat attached to her head so Elizabeth just designed a hat with colors to match hers:  purple, pink and cream.  I also made her a Pooh edged blanket.






To help the items stay together at the processing center we slip ribbon thru the back of the hat on the baby's head, thru the girls hat and around the baby's waist.  Then we wrap her in the blanket and tie a ribbon tightly around the waist.



Aunt Ida Hats--Crocheted hats from the Aunt Ida Hat Pattern at Joy With Purpose

Between crocheting the hats for the Baby Bundles, Elizabeth whipped up these two hats to send individually as fillers.



Filler Tally (to date)

2 -- Hats
2  -- Baby Bundles (doll, blanket, doll hat, girl hat to match)
____
4  --   Total

And the supplies increase!  Someone at my husband's office is moving and getting rid of items they no longer want.  The ladies at his office were dividing the items and brought him this fabric.  I sewed several skirts last year for one of the gals to take on a mission trip so they know I sew.  There are almost four yards total.  We were excited that it was not girly, as we have a lot of flowery fabric, but not so much for the boys.



For more information on fillers for shoeboxes check out these earlier posts:  Donating Fillers for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and A Day at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center.

As a reminder, Operation Christmas Child encourages the packing of shoeboxes over the donation of fillers.  We pack as many shoeboxes as we can and use our extra crafting supplies and shopping deals to make fillers.

Happy Packing!

March 20, 2017

Nail clippers from MDSupplies & Services review

One thing I've been thinking about adding to our hygiene kits is finger nail clippers.  So, these  from MDSupplies & Service's special Shoebox Shoppers order form appealed to me as cost effective way to do it.     MDSupplies & Services has helpfully made us who pack for shoeboxes a special  order form of just items that can go in shoeboxes...plus it has FREE SHIPPING!!!

What I tried was: Fingernail Clipper without file (FNC3275).  They sell them in a case of 288 for $69.88 which works out to $0.243 per clipper...sounds like a good deal to me! I'm pretty happy with the!  My sister & I both tried them and thought they worked just fine.  Also they were a little less stiff then some so would be easier for kids to use.  I know many people like to include these with fishing kits for cutting the line.

I hope this review helps someone...if you have any further questions, please just ask!

Disclaimer: I received these products free to review, but the opinions are all my own. 

 Happy Packing!

March 18, 2017

Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 3/18/2017

This was a great week for soap deals for us.  At various times this week, various ones of us stopped at various Dollar Trees to take advantage of the Dial deal we printed coupons for while they were available earlier this week.  I also got a great soap deal at CVS this week, and picked up some toothbrushes on another deal!


 I picked up a little more paracord this week for drawstrings for some jean tote bags we plan to make for some of our 10-14 boy boxes.

I ordered from Oriental Trading and picked up some of their "less than perfect" and clearance items.

My sister and I also stopped by a thrift store and found a number of new and like new items...most for a quarter!




My sister crocheted 7 Aunt Ida hats and attached the "Hand Made with Love tags" we designed. 

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $26.30

Spent from gift cards earned or won online: $0


Added to stockpile:
  • 5 dozen bars of soap
  • 3 toothbrushes
  • 5 bundles of paracord
  • 24 gliders
  • 6 wind up toy/puzzle sets
  • 6 lockets
  • 500 mini zip-ties
  • 6 stuffed animals
  • 4 puzzles
  • 2 misc toys
  • 1 "magic" towel
  • 7 hats

Happy Packing!

March 17, 2017

Friday Filler Fun ~ Beginning to Craft 3/17/2017

After seeing reports of so many boxes arriving in the Operation Christmas Child processing centers only partially filled we wanted to help fill the need for fillers.  Then last week I saw this comment by OCC on their Facebook page and it made us want to do even more.



This weekend I (Cheryl) should finish packing my 14 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for 2 to 4 year old girls and then I will begin crafting for fillers to be donated to the processing center while still crafting for my other family members' boxes and the 100 boxes the kids will pack at the church packing party.

I have way too much fabric on hand to only craft for boxes we pack.  I have some I have personally purchased, but I have way more that I have inherited or have had donated for my projects.  So I hope to find time to make many items for fillers.  One of the items I am sure to make are pencil pouches to fill with school supplies (much like The Pencil Granny & Friends do).  I will be using the Drawstring Pencil Pouch Pattern that I shared recently here on Simply Shoe Boxes.


Elizabeth will be crocheting with yarn she inherited from her Grandmother.  The main items she will be making are hats.  She uses the Aunt Ida Hat Pattern at Joy With Purpose.


Hopefully we will have some fillers ready by next weekend to share with you.

As a reminder, Operation Christmas Child encourages the packing of shoeboxes over the donation of fillers.  We pack as many shoeboxes as we can and use our extra crafting supplies and shopping deals to make fillers.

For more information on fillers for shoeboxes check out these earlier posts:  Donating Fillers for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes  and A Day at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center.

Happy Packing!

        Cheryl & Elizabeth

March 13, 2017

Dial Soap Dollar Tree Deal

I just wanted to share about a deal I got on bar soap...hopefully some of you can get these as well.  There is currently this printable coupon (you should be able to print it twice):

$1.50 off any 2 Dial or Tone

Nice in and of itself, but if you go to Dollar Tree (you can see their coupon policy here), they have these three packs that it should apply to:


That works out to $0.50 for 6 bars of soap!  I've been able to use these coupons at two different Dollar Trees different times.  At the first one (with the same type coupon printed last month) they just carefully read the coupon then it rang up fine.  The second it didn't seem to ring, they read it and had some confusion and had to call the manager, where there was still some confusion, but after I read the small print with them, and pointed out it said "any 3 pack Dial or Tone" they keyed it in.  I know some people had problems with their Dollar Tree, but they found the same kind at WalMart for a good price.

Happy Packing!

DisclosureLinks on Simply Shoe Boxes may be affiliate partners or referrals.
Disclosure: Links on Simply Shoe Boxes may be affiliate partners or referrals.
______________________________________________________________________